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Assembly and method for testing the integrity of stuffing tubes

United States Patent

5,661,230
August 26, 1997
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A stuffing tube integrity checking assembly includes first and second annular seals, with each seal adapted to be positioned about a stuffing tube penetration component. An annular inflation bladder is provided, the bladder having a slot extending longitudinally therealong and including a separator for sealing the slot. A first valve is in fluid communication with the bladder for introducing pressurized fluid to the space defined by the bladder when mounted about the tube. First and second releasible clamps are provided. Each clamp assembly is positioned about the bladder for securing the bladder to one of the seals for thereby establishing a fluid-tight chamber about the tube.
Morrison; Edward Francis (Burnt Hills, NY)
The United States of America as represented by the United States (Washington, DC)
08/ 616,143
March 14, 1996
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with government support under contract number DE-AB01-95GC20394 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government may have certain rights in this invention.